Bereaved family appeal for information from police
The bereaved family of a man who died suddenly after an altercation at his home have called for answers after nearly a month without details on the circumstances of his death.
The brother and sister of Stuart Lottimore, 54, said mystery surrounds the June 11 incident, which police called “a domestic dispute” at a house on My Lord's Bay Lane in Hamilton Parish.
Michelle Byers, Mr Lottimore’s sister, said she had spoken twice with police and was told her brother’s death remained under investigation.
“They have no more information to give me,” Ms Byers told The Royal Gazette on Tuesday.
“I have asked for the toxicology report and police said no, and the autopsy report. They said we are not entitled to see it.
“We have no rights to it. Even his children cannot see it.”
Ms Byers, along with Mr Lottimore’s older brother, Dennis Lottimore, said they were baffled as to why no charges had been laid against anyone in connection with his death, which occurred at the residence Mr Lottimore shared with his wife shortly before 2.45pm, when police attended the scene.
According to police, the victim lost consciousness. First responders attempted to revive him at the scene.
But Mr Lottimore was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Ms Byers, who met with police this week, said family members had been questioned about her brother, but were not provided details on the investigation.
Khomisha Lottimore, the victim’s niece, said she was the last in the family to speak to him at about noon that day.
“He was upbeat when I talked to him,” she said.
“He called me back at about 2pm but I couldn’t answer. Apparently by 2.45pm, he was dead.”
Mr Lottimore’s identity was initially unknown when he was taken to the hospital.
She described her uncle as a gifted mechanic and painter.
Ms Lottimore said: “I just want justice for my uncle.”
The victim’s sister, who resides in Florida, said she had travelled to the island and remained in Bermuda in an attempt to get answers.
Ms Byers said: “I flew in to try and get my brother a decent burial, find out what happened to him, and find out what they’re doing about it. I have not been able to find out anything.”
She said the family, who are estranged from Mr Lottimore’s wife, were permitted to see his body at a viewing last Friday, but nothing further.
Ms Byers said she had spoken with police, who questioned her on her brother’s background and occupation, only after “I went to the police station and said I would not leave until I talked to somebody”.
She added that she had been told the death remained under investigation, but was not privy to details – which the family say have been shared only with Mr Lottimore’s wife.
Efforts to contact the victim’s wife this week were unsuccessful.
A spokesman said police were aware of the family’s allegations, and that “an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Lottimore's death is ongoing”.
According to Detective Inspector Derricka Burns, the officer in charge of the case, a family liaison officer was assigned to the victim’s next of kin, who has been “fully briefed on the progress of the investigation”.
She added: “We are sympathetic to the family’s concerns regarding access to information.”
Ms Burns said it was not typical police practice to share details of an investigation with “extended family members”.
But she said police had met with “a family representative, on behalf of the wider family, and provided updates regarding the status of this matter”.
Ms Byers confirmed that she had met with Ms Burns after travelling to Bermuda 48 hours after her brother’s death.
She said she had not been given details on the investigation, or provided an autopsy report.
Ms Burns said: “The investigation remains active, with persons being interviewed as information becomes available.
“A suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently on police bail.
“At the conclusion of the investigation into Mr. Lottimore’s death, a file will be prepared and submitted to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, for a decision on charges.”
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